Uganda Police Force officials have complained to Parliament about the cut in their 2021/2022 financial year budget by Shs 127.38bn.
The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, accompanied by the State Minister of Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania, told Members of Parliament on the Committee of Defense and Internal Affairs that major activities and operations of the force are going to be adversely affected by the reduction in their budget, which is equivalent to 14.9% of the last year’s approved budget of Shs 847bn.
Ochola and the team on Thursday presented their 2021/2022 financial year’s budget to the Committee chaired by Amolatar district Woman MP, Doreen Amule.
“Our budget for 2021/2022 financial year plans has been cut by a total of Shs 127.38bn,” said Ochola.
“This is going to affect our planned activities including strengthening intelligence, staff welfare and accommodation.”
The IGP stated that they also want to build a hospital but the budget cut will affect the plan.
“We pray that our budget is reinstated because we also want to build a hospital which we don’t have. Other critical operation areas are indicated in our written report to the committee,” he said.
The undersecretary in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Aggrey Winyi also told the committee that police has planned to recruit 3005 officers to replace who have left the force.
Winyi said they are targeting to replace those who have been retired from the force due to disciplinary measures, death, desertion among others informing MPs that they lose around 1000 officers from the office due to various reasons.
The officers police plan to recruit include 20 medical doctors, 5 pilots and aircraft engineers, 271 learner AIP, 120 learner SGT, and 2,589 PPCs.
The undersecretary also said that police has arrears totaling to over 82.7 billion shillings but only 37 billion shillings has been provided in the coming budget.